Quick Draw: Black Tuna IIPA

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Folks, I’m trying a new post format I’m calling “Quick Draw.” This will be a post where I choose a beer based on nothing in particular and describe it very simply with the parameters of aroma, appearance, flavor, and mouthfeel, and then draw what I taste.

I won’t include any information about the style or its history–this segment will be focused more on drawing what I’ve experienced in a beer, and less about writing. When I first began my blog, this is more what I intended to do with it … and then I remembered how much I like writing. So, I’ll still do Style Studies and Beercation stories, but I’d also like to have short-form posts that I potentially do on a more frequent basis, too.

Enough words. Now I shall taste, and draw:

blacktunaBlack Tuna
Black Imperial IPA brewed with Honey (9.5% ABV)
Collaboration by Pipeworks Brewing Co. and 4 Hands Brewing Co.

Appearance: Blackish-brown with milk chocolate highlights, and a lacey, actively bubbly tan head. Tiny towers of carbonation creep up from the dark depths of the glass’s bottom.

Aroma: Boozey candied oranges, carmel, honey, resiny hops, hints of chocolate malt

Flavor: Sweet floral mango, then immediately bitter, piney, lemony and resinous hoppiness, brief burnt toast and sweet toasted marshmallow. This has a bitter finish that beautifully counters the immediate sweetness, followed by dark roasted malts and a honey finish. Light hints of chocolate. Leaves a dry, acrid lingering sensation.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent, and medium-full, but not viscous or syrupy

Overall Impression: Not your typical uber-roasty and bitter black IPA, this juicy and citrusy one stays on the sweeter side, and I like that.

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